Vibe [Kierulff] Spicer is summoned by death after long illness
Wilmette Life (Wilmette, Illinois), 9 Dec 1927, p. 49

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The death of Mr. Vibe K. Spicer, Monday, at his home on Essex road, represented a great loss to Kenilworth. Mr. Spicer was born in Florence, Italy, in 1856, and was the son of the late, Commodore William Francis Spicer at one time commandant of the Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston., Mr. and Mrs. Spicer have for many years spent summers in their home at Westport Point, Mass., and their winters in Kenilworth.

After taking his engineer's degree at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Mr. Spicer entered the employ of the Westinghouse Electric company, and later was for many years western manager of the Union Switch and Signal company, one of the Westinghouse interests. He was the inventor of various signal appliances for use by railroads, the most notable being the so called "Style B signal."

October 18, 1893, he married Anne T. Higginsin, daughter of the late Charles M. Higginson.

At the time of his death Mr. Spicer was a member of the University club, the American Society of Civil Engineers and The Loyal Legion, having recently resigned, on account of failing health, from the Chicago club and the Union League club of Chicago.

An account of Mr. Spicer's accomplishments and a list of his affiliations would be incomplete if no mention were made of his love for children and at his close association with the children of Kenilworth. They will miss him and will always remember him with the sincerest affection. Some of these children have grown to young womanhood or young manhood, some are still young and have only recently known this sweet companionship. He loved children and spared no pains in giving them the pleasure of his handicraft and sharing the secrets and joys of his interesting work-shop.

Mr. Spicer is survived by his widow, three sisters, Miss Emily, Miss Margaret, Miss Alice of California, and three brothers, Col. William Spicer, Kittery, Me., Capt. John Spicer, Pineland, Fla., and Paul Spicer, Seattle, Wash.

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9 Dec 1927
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Higginson, Anne ; Higginson, Charles ; Spicer, Alice ; Spicer, Anne ; Spicer, Emily ; Spicer, John ; Spicer, Margaret ; Spicer, Paul ; Spicer, Vibe ; Spicer, Vibe Mrs. ; Spicer, William ; Spicer, William
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    Latitude: 42.07225 Longitude: -87.72284
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Vibe [Kierulff] Spicer is summoned by death after long illness